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One of the Americans formerly held hostage in North Korea gestures next to President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Trump thanks North Korea’s Kim Jong Un for releasing 3 Americans

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump thanked North Korea’s Kim Jong Un for releasing three Americans from captivity, saying he believes Kim wants to reach an agreement on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

Welcoming the three Americans at a military base outside Washington early Thursday, Trump said of Kim, “I really think he wants to do something.”

He added of the talks between his administration and the North Korean government, “It’s never been taken this far.”

Trump said he will not disclose whether he will have any personal conversations with Kim as they prepare for their historic summit in the coming weeks.

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